Oct 302014
 
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Michael Strahan, New York Giants (August 1, 2014)

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Giants to Honor Michael Strahan: The New York Giants will honor former defensive end Michael Strahan at halftime of Monday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Giants will welcome back more than 100 former players for “Giants Homecoming Weekend.” At halftime, a special ceremony will honor Strahan, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Former Giants in attendance will include Frank Gifford, Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, Mark Bavaro, Carl Banks, Amani Toomer, Jason Sehorn, Ottis Anderson, Jessie Armstead, Joe Morris, Brandon Jacobs, and Rodney Hampton.

October 30, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RB Rashad Jennings (knee) and DT Cullen Jenkins (calf) did not practice on Thursday. Head Coach Tom Coughlin has already ruled Jennings out of the game against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) and P Steve Weatherford (left ankle) were limited in practice.

OG Geoff Schwartz (toe) is still on short-term Injured Reserve. “We’ll see throughout the whole process here with the amount of time that he has to get ready,” said Coughlin. “He’s coming off of a significant injury so we’ll see how he practices and then we’ll go from there…He hasn’t practiced yet. He’s going out there, he’s going to go through individual, and then we’ll spoon feed him in there, no doubt on the scout side of the ball first.”

October 30, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Thursday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

October 30, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • WR Rueben Randle (Video)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Video)
  • DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Video)
  • DE Damontre Moore (Video)
  • LB Jameel McClain (Video)
  • S Antrel Rolle (Video)

7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on CB Mike Harris: Lions’ practice-squadder Mike Harris worth a nickel to Giants by Tom Rock of Newsday

Giants Online - Giants vs. Colts Preview: The video of this week’s Giants Online is available at Giants.com.

Notes: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants’ three passes this season of 30 or more yards are tied with the Jets and Chiefs for fewest in NFL.

The Giants will wear their alternate white pants, as well as white cleats, for their next two homes games.

Oct 292014
 
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Mike Harris, Jacksonville Jaguars (August 14, 2014)

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Giants Sign CB Mike Harris, Place LB Jon Beason on IR: The New York Giants signed cornerback Mike Harris off of the Practice Squad of the Detroit Lions.

Harris was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In two seasons with Jacksonville, Harris played in 31 games with eight starts. Harris was waived by the Jaguars in August 2014 before signing with the Lions in October. Harris has decent size and athleticism. He has experience playing in the slot. Harris is a good tackler and special teams player.

Because of these moves, we have updated the Transactions, Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

Linebacker Practice Squad Moves: The Giants have terminated the Practice Squad contract of linebacker Carlos Fields. To fill that vacancy, the Giants re-signed linebacker Justin Anderson to the Practice Squad. Anderson was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. The Giants cut him on August 26.

New York Giants Conference Calls with Colts Media: The transcripts of the Colts media conference calls with the following Giants are available at Giants.com:

Articles on the 2014 New York Giants:

Article on RB Andre Williams: Patience, pause, then pop: Giants rookie adjusts running style by Tom Rock of Newsday

Notes: This season, the Giants are 3-0 when they score first, 0-4 when they don’t.

Giants opponents gained at least 400 yards four times in the first seven games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that last happened in 1948.

The Giants have not scored an opening-possession touchdown in 18 consecutive games, the NFL’s longest streak.

Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells each have four touchdown receptions this season, the first time the Giants have had two tight ends with at least that many since 1994, when Howard Cross and Aaron Pierce each finished the season with four.

Oct 272014
 
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Jerry Reese, New York Giants (February 22, 2014)

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The following is the transcript of General Manager Jerry Reese’s press conference on Monday, October 27, 2014. A video of the press conference is also available at Giants.com. The audio of Reese’s interview on ESPN Radio is also available.

Opening Statement

Good Afternoon. We have nine games to go. It is a nine-game season for us now. Obviously we are not where we want to be at 3-4. We are not at the halfway point yet. We have the Colts coming here on Monday night. They are coming off of a tough loss. We have to be ready for a good football team. When we started out, we looked at the schedule at the beginning of the year and we thought right after the bye was kind of like murderers’ row, but in this league, every week is murderers’ row. You have to go out there and execute and we have to play more consistent football. That is what is important, is for us to go out there and play as a team. We have to win or tie the physical battle. You can’t beat yourself with bad fouls. Those are always the three things that stand out for me. We have to be more consistent. Play all three phases of the game better, prepare better, be more aggressive offensively and be more aggressive defensively.

We can get back in the race. It is not over right now. It is still early. There are still a lot of teams that have chance to get back in the picture. We think we are one of the teams that can do that. We have to start right here, right now, on Monday night and get ready to beat a good football team.

Q: What did you think about the implementation of the new offense and how do you think that has progressed?

A: I think it takes time when you implement any new offense. Any phase of your football team is going to take some time. Obviously we came out of the preseason with some ups and downs during the preseason. I thought we started really slow out of the gate with the first game and then with the second game we had some bad turnovers and we had the punt return that killed us. We have had some chances. We have played some pretty good football in all phases at times. At other times we look like an inconsistent football team and we have to clean those things up. It takes a little bit of time. We have a new play-caller, a lot of new faces and it takes some time for those things to gel a little bit. [During] the second half of the season, I expect us to play a lot better and be more comfortable in what we are trying to do.

Q: Mathias Kiwanuka said to us earlier that he believed that there is championship caliber talent in the locker room… Do you believe that?

A: We always think that. We try to go out in the offseason in the draft and free agency and try to rebuild our team in different ways. There are a lot of new faces in the locker room this year. I think we have some quality football players and we have some really good football players. The thing is you have to go out there and execute your game plan and Coach [Coughlin] said it today after practice that sometimes you have to play above the X’s and O’s. We expect our guys to do that. We have been around each other through the preseason now and almost half of a season, so it is time for us to gel and play like a good football team.

Q: For a number of reasons you are counting on a number of rookies on offense right now… That is somewhat unusual here. Does it speak to what you are doing in terms of re-tooling and altering this roster?

A: There are all kinds of ways to build a roster. Sometimes you can build your roster with rookies. Sometimes you can build it with free agency. However we build it is how we build it. We don’t try to pigeon hole ourselves with a template. Right now we have some rookies who are out there who have to make contributions. We expect them to make contributions. I always say your first three picks you want to come out and make contributions to your football team.  Our guys are doing that and when you get some guys on the back end [of the draft] like the [Nat] Berhe types and the [Devon] Kennard types to come in and help your team as well, then that is a bonus if you can get someone on the back end who can help you. We expect everybody to play. In this day and age, you can’t bring rookies in and keep them out for a couple years and try to develop them. They have to come in and play right away.

Q: Is week-to-week inconsistency something that can come with [playing rookies more]?

A: I think that could be part of it. You can’t make excuses. Everybody is on the team. They go out and they practice. We expect those guys to come out and play at a high level. It is a little different for rookies at some times, but we expect rookies to come out and contribute and make plays for us.

Q: Eli was saying earlier he sees the same mistakes being made… Is there a common thread to why these mistakes are happening?

A: There are some young players and there are a lot of  new faces, but still at this point in the season when you are going into the second half of your season, you expect those things to be cleaned up. We expect to play better, play more cohesive, play more as a unit, play as a team and gel a little better going into the second half of the season. And play a lot better football than we have played on the front half of the season.

Q: Did you expect it to take more time than usual [to be successful] with all the new faces and players?

A: You always hope you can bring new guys in and they can gel really quickly. We expected to come out and have a better record than we do right now. We always expect that. You always have to try to put that in the back of your head that we have some new faces, a new coordinator, a new play-caller and a new system with new terminology. All of that stuff comes into play, but we had the spring and the preseason. We had five preseason games. We have played seven games so far. It is time for us to stop talking about having new faces, new this and new this. It is time to play good football.

Q: When you sign guys like [Geoff] Schwartz, DRC [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] and [Rashad] Jennings, who end up getting injured, is that part of the risk that comes with signing guys who have played in the league longer and have more wear?

A: It is football. It is a physical contact sport. You always have injuries. That is really no excuse. We never make that excuse for injuries. Everybody has injuries. When you have injuries, you have to take what you have left and manufacture wins. These are the players we have on defense this week. What do we have to do to win the game defensively? These are the players we have offensively. What do we have to do? These are our special teams guys. You have to manufacture some wins that way because week to week, you have injuries. You don’t go into every week 100 percent like you would like to have. You have to make adjustments every week and you can’t make an excuse that somebody is hurt. That is a poor excuse.

Q: You went into the offseason and spent a lot of time working on the offensive line… Through seven games, that would still seem like an area that is inconsistent. What do you look at there and is there enough there to get better?

A: I think there is enough there to get better. At times we have played pretty well along the offensive line. For one little stretch there, I thought these guys have played together for a few games and they are finally getting what we are trying to do. Then we had a setback against Philadelphia where we didn’t play well at all along the offensive line. I thought we bounced back and played a little better. Down the road, this is where it all starts, in the front with your defensive and offensive line. Our offensive line is a prideful group. I think those guys will bounce back this second half of the season and be more cohesive. We should get (Geoff) Schwartz back here. I am not sure, but he is day-to-day. At least he is on the clock now, trying to get back and get some reps and in shape. We will see where he fits in as we move forward.

Q: You mentioned before that it is time to get back in the race… How disappointed are you that your team has to get back in the race and after the first half of the season, you put yourself in a hole?

A: Of course you want to go into your bye week with a winning record and have yourself in a good position, but there are a lot of teams saying the same thing right now. We are one of them. We have nine games to play. We feel like if we play good football down the stretch, we can claw our way back into this thing. We have to start right now. Monday night is a critical game for us, like every game. Starting Monday night, we will try to get back to .500 and try to get some momentum going into the second half of the season.

Q: Are there some specific things you saw in the last two games that give you encouragement that a turnaround in the second half is possible?

A: In every game there have been some good things and some bad things. You always try to accentuate what the positive things are. We have plenty of positive things. Having Odell [Beckham Jr.] come into the game and get some snaps the last couple of games has been a plus for us. You lose Victor Cruz, so you take one step forward and two steps back kind of a situation. You can’t use that as an excuse. We have Odell and Rueben Randle. We have Preston Parker, who is capable. We have a young Corey Washington. We brought in [Kevin] Ogletree. How can we win with that set of receivers? That is what we have to do. We have some tight ends that have made a few plays. The running back is hurt. Who is the next guy up? The young runner is doing a good job in there. Peyton [Hillis] has to help him. [Michael] Cox has to contribute. Every time you get an injury, the next man up has to step in and make contributions to your football team.

Q: In the preseason, you said JPP [Jason Pierre-Paul] and Eli [Manning] were two key players. What have you seen from them?

A: They have played pretty well, but they can play better. I really believe that. I think they can play better, and I believe they think they can play better. JPP has looked like his old self so far this season, but I think he is a better player than he is playing right now. The same with Eli. Eli is not turning the ball over with the interceptions like we saw the first half of last season, but I think Eli can play better than he is playing.

Q: When you look at their futures, is it something you would consider taking care of now or is that something you would prefer to handle after the season?

A: We’re just trying to win the game Monday night. Those things will take care of themselves after the season. Right now we’re focused on trying to get back in this race and trying to get to .500, trying to beat a good football team that’s coming in here on Monday night and get some momentum going down the stretch. That’s really what we’re focused on right now.

Q: What would you like to see Eli do better?

A: I just think, as an offense, we have to be more aggressive. I think at times we’re a little bit almost too cautious with what we’re doing offensively. This is the National Football League. You’ve got to go out there and you have to win the game. You can’t think something’s going to fall into your lap. You’ve got to go out and take the games. I think we have to be more aggressive offensively. I appreciate Eli taking care of the ball and not turning it over because that correlates to wins a lot of the time, but you can’t be too cautious. You’ve got to throw the ball down the field. You’ve got to score points in this league to win.

Q: Is that part of the evolution of this offense?

A: It may be. I’m not a coach, but I think that’s probably part of it. I would like to see us be more aggressive going down the stretch here in the second half of the season. Again, if you don’t score points, it’s hard to win in this league.

Q: When we asked your head coach that question he seemed content with the ‘prevent turnovers’ mantra. He said, ‘We’ll take opportunities downfield if they present themselves,’ but he doesn’t seem to be looking for that.

A: I think it’s a combination of both things. I think Coach [Coughlin] thinks that, as well. You can’t turn the ball over. If you turn the ball over, you’re going to lose in this league. You still can’t be too careful. You have to throw the ball down the field, you have to be more aggressive, you’ve got to give your receivers a chance to make plays, you’ve got to trust in your receivers, you’ve got to trust in your running back, so you’ve got to score points. If you don’t score points, it’s hard to win.

Q: Is this a conversation that you’ve had with the coaching staff?

A: I’m not a coach. You’re asking what my opinion is. I’m just giving you what my opinion is.

Q: The [coaches] will hear this [though]…

A: Coach [Coughlin] and I, we talk every day about how we win the next game, what’s the personnel situation and what’s going on. We don’t sugarcoat anything. We go in and we talk real talk – how do we win the next game. We’ve had conversations about all of this, yes.

Q: You guys lost Jon [Beason] for the year. Do you have enough there in-house to sustain that or do you have to go outside? How likely are you to make a move?

A: We’re always trying to improve our football team. Every single day we’re trying to look at the waiver wire and what the trade possibilities are. The trade deadline is tomorrow. We’ve made calls and we’ve taken calls. But Jameel McClain has done (a good job). Right out of the gate, he was a backup playing at middle linebacker and he did a pretty nice job in there, so we expect him to get back in that role and pull the defense together and play better defense. We have to play better defense down the road as well. Talk about the offense, we have to play better defense as well. We had some long drives against us in that last game. We’ve got to make some stops somewhere in a game. We weren’t able to make some stops. We got some turnovers. We’ve got the 12 interceptions right there, but we still need to turn the ball over more and be more aggressive on defense.

Q: Would you consider it unlikely that you would do anything to that position?

A: We keep all of our options open. You never know. I’ve been taking calls today, been making calls today. We keep all of our options open. We’ll see what happens by four o’clock tomorrow.

Q: What is it about the defense? It just seems to be very inconsistent.

A: Well, I don’t know. That’s what we need to clean up. During this bye week, we had a lot of conversations about what’s going on with our defense, why we can’t make some stops in some big spots that we need to make. Hopefully we got those things ironed out and we will be able to make those stops down the stretch because you’ve got to stop somebody at some point. At times the defense had played spotty, but that last game, there were some times we needed to make a stop and weren’t able to do that.

Q: Do you have the personnel to do that now that your starting defensive tackle, cornerback and middle linebacker [are injured]?  Do you have enough there in those spots?

A: I think so. I think, again, Jameel’s done a nice job. [Johnathan] Hankins is doing a nice job. We have some more players in there that we like. Jason Pierre-Paul is playing pretty good out there. What we have to play better, the secondary has to play better. We lost some guys in the secondary but the secondary has to play better. We need DRC, he’s day-to-day now, but hopefully he can come back and stay out there on the field for us. When he’s not out there, it’s a little bit more different of a scheme that you have to play out there.

Q: When Linval [Joseph] left in free agency, did you envision this from Hankins?

A: You always… coaches think what’s going to happen today. As a GM, you try to think what’s going to happen two years from now. I’m always trying to think down the road, ‘OK, this guy is coming up, can we pay this guy? What’s our next move if we can’t pay the next guy?’ Hankins was part of the plan.

Q: You’ve liked what you’ve seen?

A: Hank has played pretty good in there. He’s played well.

Q: How do you assess Damontre Moore’s progress?

A: I think, first of all, I think he needs to play a few more snaps. I think he needs to be more of a contributor with the amount of snaps that he plays. It seems like when he gets in the game, he makes something happen. I think he’s progressing, but I think he needs to play a little bit more.

Q: Have you had that conversation about why he isn’t playing more?

A: We have conversations about everything. We don’t sugarcoat anything about that, but I don’t coach the game. It’s the heat of the moment and those guys [the coaching staff], they’ve been coaching a long time. They know who to play and who not to play.

Q: What about [Coach Coughlin’s] willingness to change and install a new offense and do what’s necessary and how do you see him handling this second half of the season?

A: We’ll see. I think Coach has been able to evolve in a lot of ways ever since he’s been here. One thing I’ll never do – I’ll never bet against Tom Coughlin. He always seems to, when his back is against the wall the most, that’s when he seems to come out swinging and get his football team ready to go. I expect him to do the same right here going down the stretch. This is a big moment for all of us, the second half of this season. It starts one game at a time, one play at a time. I think Coach will get it done.

Q: The special teams have been inconsistent not just this year but going back a year or two. Is it a common thread? Is it the constant shuffling of the personnel? The inexperience?

A: First of all, you’d like for your punter and kicker to be consistent and our guys have been pretty consistent. Josh [Brown], I don’t think he’s missed a kick so far this season, and the punter [Steve Weatherford], in light of having the ankle situation he has, he’s punting the ball pretty well and the cover teams have played pretty well except the one big return we had against Arizona. As far as return specialists are concerned, you go into the offseason, ‘We’ll get this guy, we’ll get this guy,’ and you have four guys lined up and you open your season with your fifth option as your returner. That happens in football, that’s no excuse. We do have Odell (Beckham) back and we brought (Michael) Cox up so he’s returning some kicks. Odell can help us with the punt returns, but we had some guys lined up that tried to help our return game, but it just didn’t happen that way, so you have to make do with what you have until you can get better.

Q: You mentioned the murderers row that you guys had before the season. At 3-4, does it look more daunting now because of what you need to get accomplished?

A: I wouldn’t say it looks more daunting because all of those teams have had some tough battles and some tough losse,s but we do know that they’re all good football teams going down the stretch. I think we have the Colts, then Seattle, then we have San Francisco and Dallas again. That’s a tough stretch but we seem to play better when it’s like that. When odds are against us like that, we seem to play better and I expect us to play better, regardless of who we’re playing. The second half of the season; all of the new faces are not new faces anymore. It’s time for us to gel and play good football and look like a good football team. Again, win the physical battle, play as a team and don’t beat ourselves with bad fouls. If we do those things, we’ll have a chance to win a lot of games.

Q: The division has kind of gotten out with Dallas and Philly. Is it frustrating or upsetting that you’re going to have to pick up a lot of ground just to get back in the division?

A: Well, that’s just the way it is. This division, like every year, I think it will be close at the end with who’s going to win the division. I think there are some teams that are going to be battling to get back in it, some teams might come back to the pack, but it’s always, always, since I’ve been around, the NFC East, there are always a couple games at the end of the season that determine who is going to be the winner of that division.

Q: You mentioned you always have to look a couple years ahead as a general manager. Has anything that’s happened these last couple years changed your thoughts on that plan on how long it might take to get back to contention?

A: Not really. Every year is a different year. You never know how things are going to unfold. It’s the National Football League. It’s men against men. If you go out there and you don’t play well and you make mistakes, you’re going to lose the game. Sometimes the ball bounces your way and you win the game. You never know. Out of the gate, everyone said Dallas had the worst team in the National Football League and they’re winning our division. It’s men against men. You can never predict what’s going to happen. That’s why I’m saying that I believe by the end of the season that it will be a close race in our division and there will be two or three teams battling for that division.

Q: You’ll be one of them?

A: We believe we’ll be one of them.

Oct 272014
 
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Jon Beason, New York Giants (August 18, 2014)

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Jon Beason Out for the Season: The New York Giants confirmed on Monday that linebacker Jon Beason will undergo surgery on his injured right foot. Beason will be placed on Injured Reserve and miss the rest of the 2014 NFL season.

“Let’s get him right,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “We got the guy on the field, he tried it, it actually became a little bit different kind of an injury but the same area. He gave it everything he had and he had the doctor’s approval. Unfortunately, it didn’t work.”

Beason suffered a ligament tear and fracture to the sesamoid bone in his right foot during an OTA practice on June 12. He aggravated the injury in Week 2 against Arizona and Week 7 against Dallas. He missed three games after the game against the Cardinals.

October 27, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Aside from LB Jon Beason (foot), not practicing on Monday were RB Rashad Jennings (knee), RB Peyton Hillis (illness), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), and LB Spencer Paysinger (illness).

“He’s not ready to go,” said Head Coach Tom Coughin of Jennings. “He’s day-to-day.”

“I just need to get to the point where I can get back to cutting,’’ Jennings said. “Right now it’s linear, then eventually we’ll get to side to side.”

“(Hillis is) sick,” said Coughlin. “We’ve got a couple of guys. I’m telling you, these vacations are no good. They come back, they’re throwing up. They probably caught it from the kids or something. We’ve got two or three of them that are… (Spencer) Paysinger same way. He’s sick too.”

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) and OG Geoff Schwartz (toe) were limited.

“(Rodgers-Cromartie) was out there,” said Coughlin. “Last week we were encouraged because of the number of treatments that he got. We’ll have to see…I thought there was (improvement). He did some plays and took some plays where he didn’t work. I think it’s a little better than it was, but whether or not it’s ready to be where we would want it to be, I don’t know.”

October 27, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Monday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

October 27, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Articles on the 2014 New York Giants:

Article on QB Eli Manning:

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Jason Pierre-Paul playing like old self again this season for NY Giants by Ebenezer Samuel of The New York Daily News

Article on Ex-New York Giants: How Will Hill, Justin Tuck and the ex-Giants are doing with their new team by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Oct 252014
 
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Peter Giunta, New York Giants (November 6, 2011)

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Giants.com Interviews with New York Giants Position Coaches: The video of recent Giants.com interviews with the following team position coaches is available from Giants.com:

  • Defensive Line Coach Robert Nunn (Video)
  • Cornerbacks Coach Peter Giunta (Video)

Articles on the 2014 New York Giants:

Article on the New York Giants Defense: Defensive changes on the horizon for the Giants after their bye week by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Manning has reduced risk and picks, but Giants need to let him take more chances by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on WR Odell Beckham: Odell Beckham Jr. making most of hitting genetic jackpot by Brian Lewis of The New York Post

Article on New York Giants Tight Ends: This Giants position went from their worst to one of their best by Mark Cannizzaro of The New York Post

Article on the Giants-Cowboys Game: Andre Williams’ struggles in Dallas, the lack of blitzing and more in this week’s Giants film review by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on “Finding Giants”: Why John Mara opened the door to his front office/scouting process for ‘Finding Giants’ by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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Pat Flaherty, New York Giants (July 28, 2013)

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Giants.com Interviews with New York Giants Position Coaches: The video of recent Giants.com interviews with the following team position coaches is available from Giants.com:

  • Tight Ends Coach Kevin M. Gilbride (Video)
  • Offensive Line Coach Pat Flaherty (Video)

Articles on the New York Giants Position Coach Interviews:

Articles on the New York Giants Offense:

Article on WR Odell Beckham: Expectations keep soaring for Odell Beckham Jr. by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Giants’ Victor Cruz talks about life on sidelines by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on TE Larry Donnell: Progress by Giants’ Larry Donnell is lesson in what development means by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on the New York Giants 2014 NFL Draft: ‘Finding Giants’: Explaining the selections of Odell Beckham, Andre Williams and the 2014 NFL Draft by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Former New York Giants General Manager George Young: The ludicrous reason Giants legend kept out of Hall of Fame by Mike Vaccaro of The New York Post

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Stevie Brown and Jon Beason, New York Giants (June 12, 2014)

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Jon Beason May Be Done for the Season: During an interview on WFAN Radio (audio) on Tuesday, linebacker Jon Beason said he was “50-50″ on whether to have season-ending surgery on his right foot. Beason suffered a ligament tear and fracture to the sesamoid bone in his right foot during an OTA practice on June 12. He aggravated the injury in Week 2 against Arizona and Week 7 against Dallas. He missed three games after the game against the Cardinals.

“In all honesty I’ve been playing without a crucial ligament in my big toe,” said Beason. “It’s progressively gotten worse over the last couple games.’’

A determination, Beason said, is expected on Wednesday.

“It takes one thing to get it feeling good, but can I be myself and be productive?’’ Beason said. “You try to get out there and help the team. Obviously right now things aren’t going well and we need to get it turned around immediately. We got the bye week and you want to take the time to decide if that’s the best course of action. Right now I’d say it’s 50-50, I’m still deciding if the smart thing is to go ahead and get it fixed and get ready for next season.

“We’ll do what we have to do to address the issue. If it’s not this year, it will be next year and you fix and you do what you got to do.’’

Beason said noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson will study the most-recent MRI and CT scan to determine what options are available.

“He’s gonna do what’s best for me,’’ Beason said. “At the same time he knows I want to play. If I can play I want to do whatever I can to make sure I’m on the field when we line up against the Colts the next couple of weeks.’’

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Sights and Sounds from Giants-Cowboys Game: A sights and sounds video from the Giants-Cowboys game is available at Giants.com.

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October 21, 2014 New York Giants Position Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of Tuesday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

S Antrel Rolle on WFAN Radio: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interview with S Antrel Rolle is available at CBS New York.

Articles on the 2014 New York Giants:

Article on WR Odell Beckham: No time to ease Odell Beckham Jr. into Giants’ offense by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on TE Larry Donnell: Larry Donnell won’t fumble his wife’s coaching advice by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on DE Damontre Moore: Damontre Moore will ‘get more at-bats’ to boost Giants pass rush by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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October 20, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: The injury news does not sound good regarding LB Jon Beason, who aggravated his toe injury again in the game against the Dallas Cowboys. Beason left the game after playing just 17 snaps. X-rays were negative but he is scheduled to visit foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, NC again.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) only played 15 snaps. “It is going to be a continuous kind of a thing here with (him),” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “”Will the rest help him? Sure it will.”

DT Cullen Jenkins left the game early with a calf strain. An MRI showed that the injury is not more serious, but Jenkins, who was still in a walking boot and crutches on Monday, said he will be out at least two weeks.

The Giants are still unsure if RB Rashad Jennings (knee) and OG Geoff Schwartz (toe) will be able to return after the bye in two weeks against the Indianapolis Colts.

“You are talking about a running back coming back from an MCL,” Coughlin said. “This is not an easy thing for Rashad either. He is well aware of that. It is his makeup that we are counting on. Again he is doing everything in his power, I can guarantee you that.”

“I wanted to play last game,” said Jennings. “I can’t do what my body won’t allow me to do. So obviously, I’m going to try again to get back for Monday and just take it day by day. We’ll see how I wake up.”

“Schwartz has a long way to go,” Coughlin said. “He has been standing on the sidelines for a long time now. We are going to have to get him on the practice field extensively before that happens.”

“I have to be able to practice to be able to play,” Schwartz said. “The plan is to be back on Wednesday. That’s kind of the plan right now, to test it out next week, or in two weeks. It does feel better. I can do a good amount of things without pads on and without people hitting me. Part of the issue is going to be how it reacts when I’m pushing and when I’m anchoring and when I’m playing 50 plays a game. I’m not going to know until I get out there on Wednesday.”

October 20, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Monday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com.

October 20, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com:

7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

QB Eli Manning on WFAN: The audio of Monday’s WFAN interview with QB Eli Manning is available at CBS New York

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Article on the Giants-Cowboys Game: Giants snap counts vs. Cowboys: What they mean for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Co. by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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DALLAS COWBOYS 31 – NEW YORK GIANTS 21

The New York Giants dropped their fourth game of the season, and second consecutive divisional game, to the Dallas Cowboys, 31-21. Below are several quick hits and tidbits from the Giant defeat, including stats and post-game notes.

Game Inactives
Dallas Cowboys

  • OLB Bruce Carter
  • DT Davon Coleman
  • DE Jack Crawford
  • OT Doug Free
  • DB Jakar Hamilton
  • OT Donald Hawkins

New York Giants

  • OT James Brewer
  • DT Jay Bromley
  • RB Rashad Jennings
  • OG Brandon Mosley
  • OG Adam Snyder
  • WR Corey Washington

NOTES:

Offense…

  • On the Giants second touchdown, quarterback Eli Manning hit tight end Daniel Fells for a 27-yard touchdown. The touchdown marked the eighth for a Giants tight end this season. The eight scores by the tight ends are the most by the positional group since 2009 when Kevin Boss caught six touchdowns and Darcy Johnson two. If another tight end catches a touchdown pass this season, it will mark the first time in more than two decades that the positional group had nine touchdowns or more.
  • For the third straight game, Eli Manning did not throw an interception. In 2013, Manning threw interceptions in all but three games. It is the first time Manning has gone three games without an interception since 2008.
  • Through the season’s first seven games, Eli Manning has thrown just five interceptions. At this point last year, Manning had thrown 15.
  • After catching just one pass the last two games, Larry Donnell caught seven passes for 90 yards. With Victor Cruz absent, the team used both Preston Parker and Odell Beckham Jr. in the slot.

Defense…

  • Jason Pierre-Paul had two sacks versus Dallas. It was his ninth multi-sack performance of his career and his first since Oct. 14, 2012 versus San Francisco.
  • Prince Amukamara and Jacquian Williams led the Giants with seven tackles each.
  • After allowing LeSean McCoy to run for 149 yards a week ago, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 128.
  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie started the game playing just third downs, but did not play the second half. Amukamara guarded Dez Bryant for the majority of the game. Bryant caught nine passes for 151 yards

Injuries…

  • Giants DT Cullen Jenkins left the game with a leg injury and was seen in a walking boot following the game. The Giants used both Markus Kuhn and Mike Patterson in his place.
  • Linebacker Jon Beason left the game in the first half and was taken back to the locker room for x-rays on his injured toe. The x-rays came back negative, but Beason did not return to the game.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul missed a few plays with an unknown injury, but returned to the game.